On May 29, 1973, students at Columbus Elementary School tucked away a piece of history in the form of a time capsule. This large metal box, encased in fiberglass, was buried six feet in the ground on the east side of the courthouse lawn next to the circle drive. Fast forward 50 years and on January 13, 2023, county and city workers and volunteers worked together to unearth and open the time capsule.

After roughly an hour of digging and cutting, the time capsule was finally revealed. Everyone gathered at the Stafford Opera House for the revealing of the contents and a reception of punch and cookies. The contents will remain on display at the Stafford Opera House Performing arts theater located at 425 Spring St, Columbus, Texas 78934 until further notice.

This event was part of the COLUMBUS 200 Bicentennial Celebration, a year-long event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the city of Columbus. To get involved with the celebration, visit http://columbustx200.org/ or email [email protected]. The next event will be February 11, 2023 with The Great Gatsby performed by Fayette County Community Theater at the Stafford Opera House at 6:00 p.m. For tickets, visit http://columbustx200.org/ or contact the Columbus TX Chamber of Commerce.

The time capsule opening was a special moment for the community, as it allowed them to take a trip down memory lane and see what life was like 50 years ago. It was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students who created it, and it serves as a reminder of how much the city has grown and changed over the years.


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